Friday, July 25, 2014

Designing on the go

I really enjoy pieces that I can take everywhere with me and knit on them in spare waiting minutes. I thought I would lift the veil of designing secrecy* and give you a peek at my latest wip in all its unblocked glory.

I snapped this picture at the NC Museum of Art while waiting for my daughter to finish art camp. This piece will be a long thin scarf worked in that lovely Hawthorne yarn that I showed you in a prior post. I'm pleased that my design is working as planned.

Now I'll show you my method for knitting on the go:
Putting a stitch marker at each repeat and distinct section and having a counter floating on the needle really helps me stay on track as I pick up and put down and pick up and put down and pick up to knit the work. I am having fun with this sample knit. I hope to have the pattern out in September.

*Designing secrecy is necessary when you are considering whether to submit for third party publication (like a magazine) or to self publish. Contracts often specify that you cannot show any photos prior to publication. Blogging and blabbing is one of the perks of self publishing! :-)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pushing it

This is a picture of what's left of my lovely swatch after I knit my latest design.

This is beautiful Capretta yarn so I swatched from one end of the skein but didn't cut it. When I finally discovered what I liked I started the sample project knit from the other end. So you see how the project ate almost all of the swatch!

But I wonder if I've pushed the single skein too far in my design? Do I need to specify more margin? Do you like more leftovers?

What is the design, you ask? I'm talking about another whimsical glove design that has some lace and striping color work but should be less intense to knit than my previous design. Well both pairs are very different but still pretty epic. :-)

I can't wait to show you! Just need to tidy the patterning details and take more beautiful photos.

Here's a blurry picture of my sample finishing leftovers. Yes, chocolate gets me through the weaving-in process! What gets you through?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Num num, new yarn!

I came home from vacation to find this lovely on my doorstep:

Must mean a new design is on the way! (Thanks to Knit Picks for their generous yarn support.)

The color is called "Eastbank." It is very intriguing. It goes well with my desk lamp.

I needed a fingering yarn with a tight twist and some bounce. I think this will do just fine, yes indeed.
I'm off to find my size 4 needles.

Stay cool, keep knitting!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

At least I have two

All I've got for you today is two unadorned Ruby Slipper socks:

They are not perfect. There were a number of advanced techniques for me to practice but I think they turned out cute, especially with the sparkly yarn. I can't tell you when I will get to the duplicate stitch embellishments. I just like to knit but I know one day this summer I'll sit down and try it. At least her feet will be covered this fall!

It's been over 97 F this past week and I've been working up two new designs. (I know, that's a lot for me.)

I've also been unreasonably excited about my soon-to-be-released ebook on MeeGenius. My editor has been emailing me about it but with each email I can add two weeks to the release date. LOL. They've been doing all sorts of exciting things with Sesame Street. I'm happy to be part of the line up.

Have a happy summer! Break out the sparkling yarn and knit up some magic.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Fairy Garden

I know that fairy gardening has been around for a few years now. I've been avoiding it because I knew with my long time interest in fairies and all things fantasy I would fall down the rabbit hole hard.

I don't need a new hobby.

Really I don't!

But there was this workshop at our local garden center,
and I happen to have an antique collection of small animals and things,
and well...

I have a sweet small container fairy garden for me and youngest daughter to play in. Sometimes you have to scratch an itch. :-)

I've heard whispers that my story about a girl who sees magical beings should be available sometime in June. I can't wait to see the illustrations!

It seems to me like bad fairies are in fashion in books and media lately but I'm squarely in the good-but-mischievous fairy camp. I'll stick to my images of dancing in the wildflowers and stay out of the dark.

For knitters, check out my favorite whimsical woodland fairy fantasy knit designer, Tiny Owl Knits.

So what are your opinions on fairies? Are you going to see/take your children to the movie Maleficent?  (Angelina Jolie looks fabulous in this.)  Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Play, Ruby Slippers and Tornadic Activity

What a month it’s been. My elementary aged daughter landed a spot in our local high school/community theatre rendition of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She was part of the Ooompa Loompa chorus. It was a fun but intense experience for us both. Because as much as I said I would never be a “helicopter parent,” I was not going to leave her alone in the midst of high school chaos. Turns out, my instinct was right on and parent volunteers were much needed.

Going to all those practices I had to have a portable project. I was inspired by the theatre and my daughter’s request for the lovely Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers that she’s wanted for a couple of years now. But I tell you that I had put off that pattern because it’s a challenge. It’s got intarsia-in-the-round which I still haven’t mastered to my total liking and duplicate stitching which I have yet to try.

But now I have one undecorated sock. Here it is in all of its unblocked, not-quite-finished glory.

 And yes, it’s a little big because I expect that foot to grow by this fall. The red yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer. I had to substitute because the original color in the pattern wasn’t available. I like the Glimmer because I thought ruby slippers should sparkle, right?   

The funny thing was that during April while I was knitting this sock there were a few evenings of tornadic activity in our area. But no, I never made it to Oz.

PS: There was more knitting accomplished over that month but it was more secret designing.

PPS: I also completed my Advanced Web Graphics class and here’s a peak at my student portfolio for your amusement.

PPPS: The second sock has been cast on. The socks may never get their duplicate stitch but I will not suffer from second sock syndrome!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Carolina Fiber Festival 2014

It's been a couple of years since I've been to the festival. It moved out to the rural town of Sanford, NC.

The outside wasn't much to look at:

But the inside had a lot of pretty things! Here is what I brought home:


A skein of pink for my youngest daughter, sock yarn for dh, a couple of skeins for design, and an impulse buy (Kismet!) for me.

That should keep me busy.  :-)